furnace is on fire

Cold weather has finally made its way to our region, and boy has it ever! The first night by which we experienced snowfall, we were hit with almost ten feet of the white stuff. As a northern-born kid, I’m all too familiar the characteristics of this time of the year. However, every once in a very while, even I’ll be surprised when something similar to that happens. Given the unanticipated, extreme weather, my parents decided that it’d be far better  to counter cold weather with more of a kick this year around the new, improved furnace. Unlike the wood-based furnace we would always use before, there wasn’t many extra things my folks could do to make sure that our heat remained steady and therefore its source stayed in full supply. When their minds were set to complete something, they would always try, though. The way they envisioned maintaining the desired temperature was to leave the furnace running regularly at a little higher level than usual for most of the day. The obvious benefit from this approach was that the house stay toasty the entire time, whether we were in the house or away. After just a couple weeks of solid warmth, however, that decision backfired–and practically literally. One afternoon when arrived home from school before my own parents had gotten there from work, I noticed that the property seemed a little smoky. Concerned, I made my way into the family room to check on the furnace. Once I made it it in there, I realized that therein lied the problem; smoke was bellowing from the heater’s side. Just then, my parents pulled into the driveway. Oh my, were they in for a surprise…

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